04/29/2005: Bush World Blinders...
'What, Me Worry?' By Thomas Friedman (NY Times) comments on the lamentable state of our basic educational institutions:
"....Let me translate Mr. Gates's words: "If we don't fix American education, I will not be able to hire your kids." I consider that, well, kind of important. Alas, the media squeezed a few mentions of it between breaks in the Michael Jackson trial. But neither Tom DeLay nor Bill Frist called a late-night session of Congress - or even a daytime one - to discuss what Mr. Gates was saying. They were too busy pandering to those Americans who don't even believe in evolution.
And the president stayed fixated on privatizing Social Security. It's no wonder that the second Bush term is shaping up as "The Great Waste of Time."
"For the first time in our history, we are going to face competition from low-wage, high-human-capital communities, embedded within India, China and Asia," President Lawrence Summers of Harvard told me. In order to thrive, "it will not be enough for us to just leave no child behind. We also have to make sure that many more young Americans can get as far ahead as their potential will take them. How we meet this challenge is what will define our nation's political economy for the next several decades...."
As short sighted as even in either ideas or funding as Bush World is…I don’t expect this to resonate at all within the Administration’s already light-tight blinders. (At least not until it's too late to do much, as with most problems around this Nation -- priorities bungled yet again.)
Karen on 04.29.05 @ 03:18 PM CST